September 27th 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Despite the miserable weather, the children still seem to have enjoyed their learning this week. Year 1 have been making puppets of Mary Anning, a famous fossil hunter, and then performing some impressive role-play shows. Year 3 have shown lots of enthusiasm in science which was especially evident when our delivery of four large skeletons arrived! Year 6 have created some amazing origami cats and multi-coloured cranes, which, along with contributions from other classes will be displayed in the hall for us all to marvel at soon. We also launched our ‘Let’s Lead’ programme this week where children put their names forward for various leadership roles within school and there has been much excitement about starting these next week. You can see photos of some of these and other activities that have taken place this month in the attached newsletter.

Harvest Service – Friday 4th October @ 9:45 a.m.

We will celebrate Harvest with a service at Christ Church at 9:45 a.m. on Friday 4th October. Children are encouraged to bring in some non-perishable food, e.g. food in tins. Parents are invited to come to the service and we particularly need parents (including juniors) to help walk to and from church. If you can help, please let your class teacher know.

Parent Reps Meeting

The first Parent Reps meeting this term is taking place at the Infant site on Friday 11th October at 2 p.m. Please make sure you let your Rep know about anything you have appreciated or any queries before this date.

Year 1 Phonics Talk – Friday 11th October at 9 a.m.

Children in Year 1 are assessed on their phonics knowledge at the end of Year 1 – this is the statutory Phonics Check. To help parents support their child, we will be having a parents’ meeting on Friday 11th October, at 9 a.m. in the Infant Hall. We will explain what the ‘check’ is, how phonics work and suggest different resources you can use at home.

Every Child A Saver at Christ Church

We are excited to announce that very soon every child at Christ Church will be a step closer to a financially secure future! At the end of last term we held an enterprise day to raise money to start savings for every child in the school. We are delighted to have joined forces with Boom credit union to make our dream of every child a saver a possibility. Over the next week, children will be asked to create a picture of their future, which will be entered in to a competition to be the design of our new savings books. If you would like any further details, please contact Ruth Wogan via the office.

School Lunches

The dishwasher in the kitchen has developed a serious fault and, unfortunately, while we are waiting for the part to fix it, the caterers are providing disposable plates and crockery.

Someone else collecting your child?

Please remember to let your class teacher know if someone else will be picking up your child in plenty of time. Over the next couple of weeks we will be introducing some measures to refine our current procedures and, as part of this, all parents/carers will be receiving an email via ParentMail requesting a password that families can use when someone that is not known to the school is collecting a child at the end of the day. Class teachers will then ask the person collecting a child to confirm this password before releasing a child. Please bear with us if it takes us a little longer to dismiss children.

Reporting your child absent

To report a child’s absence, please contact the school via the ParentMail App, telephone or email to the office. You must contact the school either each day of absence or advise the school on the first day of absence how long your child will be absent. It is vital that we are kept updated as we are keen to ensure that any child who walks to school on their own is safe.

Helping on a school trip

We are always grateful to those parents who volunteer to accompany us on school trips, we wouldn’t be able to run them without you. However, there are some trips when we can only take limited numbers. Do please email or ring the office and let them know that you are able to help so we end up with right number.

SCL Holiday Club

Last week we included a flyer for the SCL October Holiday Club at half term held at Christ Church. However, the dates on their flyer were incorrect so we have attached an updated version with the correct half term dates. As mentioned previously, parents have access to an exclusive 15% discount, which expires on 18th October.

Gill Hines Workshop

Gill Hines is running a workshop to help parents manage their Year 1 children’s changing relationships and behaviour. It is designed to encourage parenting that will not increase a child’s anxiety but rather help the child manage their own relationships and actions confidently. If this would be of interest to you, please see the attached flyer.

Kingston Carers’ Network – Volunteering Vacancy

Local charity, Kingston Carers’ Network, is looking for Admin Support Volunteers to lend a hand at their offices in Tolworth for a couple of hours a week. Term-time only volunteering is available. If you would like to find out more, please contact Lyndsey at volunteering@kingstoncarers.org.uk / 020 3375 8226 or go to http://www.kingstoncarers.org.uk/volunteering/.

Yoga Class

Yogareef has been successfully running yoga classes for all levels in London and internationally for over a decade. Yogareef founder Emma is delighted to have opened a beginners/intermediate yoga class at Christ Church New Malden Juniors Site on Wednesdays 5.45 p.m. – 6.45 p.m. Places are still available so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact emma@yogareef.com. for more information.

Lost Clothing

Please can you check the labels of clothing brought home as we have a number of missing items including a pair of boys Clarks Shoes and a Joules waterproof jacket.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for this half-term:

  • Friday 4th October – Harvest Service in the Church @ 9:45 a.m.*#
  • Friday 11th October – Phonics Talk (Infant Hall) @ 9:00 a.m. (Year 1)*
  • Friday 18th October – Year 3 Trip to Natural History Museum
  • Tuesday 22nd October – Flu Vaccinations (Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Tuesday 22nd October – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 24th October – Parents’ Evening from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.* SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited